Saturday, August 9, 2003

Environmentalists call on Murkowski to hold Berner's Bay hearings
JUNEAU (AP) U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski in town for a panel discussion on Southeast Alaska economic issues was met by a throng of environmentalists who pressed her to hold local hearings on a land swap bill before Congress.

Plane crashes at Merrill Field with no injuries
ANCHORAGE (AP) A Stinson aircraft with two people on board crash-landed Wednesday at Merrill Field, officials said. No one was injured.

Kodiak pink salmon runs may come in low
KODIAK (AP) The pink salmon run in Kodiak is leaning toward the low side, according to fishery officials.

Allstate halts new policies over mold decision
ANCHORAGE (AP) Allstate Insurance Co., among the state's largest providers of homeowners insurance, has stopped writing new policies while it battles the state Division of Insurance over how to limit its risk of mold-damage lawsuits.

Teller man held after stabbing
NOME (AP) A Teller man was arrested early this week after reportedly stabbing two people and threatening two others who tried to help the stabbing victims.

Temperature hits record-setting 75 degrees
ANCHORAGE (AP) Anchorage's temperature was a record-setting 75 degrees Thursday.

Peninsula to vote on hospital bonds
KENAI (AP) A proposed $49.9 million bond package to pay for major expansion of Central Peninsula General Hospital is in the hands of area voters.

Bombings destroy two Anchorage mailboxes
ANCHORAGE (AP) Small bombs destroyed two mailboxes in an Anchorage neighborhood this week.

Bidding lively for ferry Bartlett
JUNEAU (AP) The online auction for a used Alaska Marine Highway ferry had garnered 23 bids as of Thursday afternoon, with the high bid up to $311,000.

Food Network series focuses on Juneau, Sitka and Haines
JUNEAU (AP) Staring at her face in the mirror of a small makeup compact while sitting in The Alaskan Hotel

Sterling woman agrees to plea change in animal cruelty case
KENAI (AP) The Sterling woman charged with nine counts of cruelty to animals for keeping dozens of underfed, ungroomed dogs has told the Kenai district attorney's office she will enter a guilty plea to one count.

Juneau police first to try out Segway scooters
JUNEAU (AP) The Juneau Police Department is the first in Alaska to send some officers out on futuristic Segway Human Transporter vehicles.

Anchorage airport project should be done next summer
ANCHORAGE (AP) A new concourse under construction at Anchorage's international airport is on track to be finished next summer, airport and state Transportation Department officials said Wednesday.

Group mulls Salcha flood solutions
FAIRBANKS (AP) About 100 Salcha residents will receive home flood-proofing kits.

Truck smashes into art gallery
ANCHORAGE (AP) A truck smashed into a prominent downtown Anchorage art gallery early Thursday morning and police located the driver by late afternoon.

Kenai borough rejects vote for Challenger Center support
KENAI (AP) The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has turned down the possibility of local property tax support for the Challenger Learning Center.

Police investigating Ask Alaska
ANCHORAGE Anchorage police are investigating the business operations of Ask Alaska Travel & Tours, a tour company that has filed for bankruptcy last week.

Yanks come back to defeat Rangers
NEW YORK Utilityman Enrique Wilson brought New York from behind with his third career grand slam and Jorge Posada delivered a bases-loaded single breaking a seventh-inning tie as the Yankees defeated the Texas Rangers 7-5 on Thursday.

Hampton tops Brewers, takes sixth straight
MILWAUKEE Mike Hampton won his sixth straight decision and Vinny Castilla drove in three runs with a triple and a homer in the Atlanta Braves' 7-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.

Shop around for better rates on homeowners, auto insurance
NEW YORK (AP) With the cost of auto and homeowners insurance rising rapidly, it's a good idea to review policies to see if there are ways to reduce premiums.

Upscale boomers help fuel home improvement market
NEW YORK (AP) As baby boomers get older, many are increasing their investments in their biggest assets, their homes.

Watercooler
MINI-VACATIONS: The one- or two-week summer vacation may soon become a fond memory for many American workers.

Cohos have yet to swarm area in significant numbers
Salmon fishing on the Kenai River is currently in a bit of a lull, as king season has officially ended and a rapidly dwindling number of sockeye salmon are moving into the river each day. Silver salmon are present in the Kenai, but anglers have been having little success finding them.

Drip irrigation isn't just for commercial gardeners anymore
NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) Here's some thirst-quenching information for gardeners facing stressed-out plants. Drip irrigation isn't just for commercial operators anymore.

Sheep hunt worth the work and effort
FAIRBANKS When North Pole's Matthew McCarter returned home from a 10-day sheep-hunting trip into the Wrangell Mountains without a sheep two years ago, his wife Dana felt bad for him.

A lifelong hunter shares his wish for the future
I grew up as a hunter. Hunting is what I enjoyed doing more than most things what I dreamed about, what I saved my money for, what I did with my free time.

Taxidermy tips make for successful trophy
FAIRBANKS (AP) Here are some tips from Alaska taxidermists that hunters should consider if they are thinking about bringing a trophy home to mount on the wall:

Hunter education now required on peninsula
Alaska hunting regulations now require all hunters born after Jan. 1, 1986, to obtain a hunter education certificate in order to hunt in Game Management Units 7, 13, 14, 15 and 20.

Experts offer tips for buying binoculars, scopes
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho When Paul Payne needs to convince somebody about the importance of binoculars, he tells a story about a knob. With his $350 glasses glasses that he was extremely proud of he couldn't find an animal in the sagebrush about 2,000 yards away.

Sheep hunting on the Kenai Peninsula
Game Management Units 7 and 15 on the Kenai Peninsula have open seasons for sheep. Sheep are legal to hunt from Aug. 10 through Sept. 20.

Hunting on the Kenai Peninsula
Dan Presley of Ninlchk displays the 74 3/8-inch rack from a bull moose he took last season. Presley drew a permit to hunt the area between tusstumena Lake, the Russian River and Skilak Lake. Presley, hunting with his brother Keith and son Sen, packed into the area with seven horses and still didn't have enough room for all their gear and their trophy moose when it came time to return home.

Is that moose legal? Identifying legal spread takes practice
Legal or illegal? This issue appears at the outset to be a reasonably cut-and-dry question. However, even the most experienced hunters will know any explanation leaves something to be desired when push comes to shove and the decision to fire needs to be made.

Whether a 'gluck' or a 'mu-wah,' calling can draw out the big bulls
FAIRBANKS I had never heard a moose grunt, but there was no mistaking the sound.

Best way to find moose is to look for them
FAIRBANKS The best way to find moose, or any big game in Alaska, isn't to cover a lot of country with your feet, four-wheeler or boat.

2003 season looking good
It's just about that time again, when the fishing tackle gets put away and the hunting gear comes out of storage.

More to hunting than the hunt
Sure, the highlight of many a hunting trip is the taking of an animal. But for many hunters, there's much more to the sport than that.

Deal with the meat now for good eating later
Bring as much tarp or plastic sheeting as you can; you can't have too many blue tarps on a hunting trip. That way, if you are caught in the rain you can build a small shelter to keep meat and yourself dry.

Alyeska school open and ready for upcoming school year
As the state is not allowing them to advertise, Alyeska Central Parents are trying to get the word out that yes, they are still in operation, and accepting enrollment applications.

Legislature, governor only want to spend more taxpayer money
Once again I will attempt to explain what prompted the Longevity Bonus Program. This is for people who may not have been here 40 years or more.

Cities should honor Shane Webster with a welcome home parade
To the protesters,

Hospital budget in the black
Central Peninsula General Hospital Inc. is back in black, according to official reports released last week.

Photo feature: Chillin'
Ray Johnston and Mark Gattenby chill out in a pond off Marathon Road in Kenai. Forecasts are calling for more sunny weather through Sunday.

Man charged with sex abuse
A jury trial was scheduled for Oct. 6 in Kenai Superior Court for a man arraigned Thursday on two counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual abuse of a minor.

Police seek tips in cases
Central Peninsula Crime Stoppers is offering rewards for information leading to the arrest of suspects involved in vehicle break-ins and a graffiti incident.

Woman charged with endangerment after kids sexually assaulted
One of two people named in a 44-count indictment involving the sexual abuse of three children in Anchor Point was arraigned in Kenai Superior Court on Thursday.

'Women's week' well under way
The Kenai Women's Resource and Crisis Center is running at full speed.

Church will host classes starting this fall
Kenai Peninsula families will have yet another choice for their children's education this fall as North Kenai Baptist Church prepares to open a new, private Christian school.

Kenai rec center to open eventually
The good news is the Kenai City Council has made a decision that will reopen the Kenai Recreation Center. The bad news is it won't be until at least October.

Center a valuable resource for the entire community
For women facing abusive domestic situations, it can seem as if there is no place to turn. Leaving an abusive relationship usually means picking up and leaving home, often with children in tow.

Around the Peninsula
WRCC week-long fund-raiser continues Cooperative Extension to share recipes Immunizations available in Kenai, Soldotna Pioneers of Alaska to meet Open house planned for anniversary Final Safe Sitter course of summer slated Residents needed to apply for CPHC board Congressional mobile office tour planned

Church claims support for polygamy in new Supreme Court ruling
ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Texas' sodomy law is cited by attorneys defending a member of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Top evangelical leaders attend memorial service for Campus Crusade's Bill Bright
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Prominent evangelical leaders were among more than 3,000 people at a memorial service for Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, who died July 19.

Assemblies of God loosens policy for clergy conducting second marriages
WASHINGTON (AP) The Assemblies of God, a Pentecostal denomination with 2.6 million followers, loosened policy on conducting second marriages for divorced members at its biennial General Council.

Church Briefs
Native fellowship meets tonight Church plans yard sale Russian-America festival slated Convoy of Hope missionaries to speak Hardin to speak at Womens Aglow Church plans vacation Bible school

New book delves into world of Hasidic missionaries
NEW YORK (AP) There are just 3,000 Jews living in Alaska's 570,374 square miles, but Yossi and Esty Greenberg are there to serve them leading services, throwing Hanukkah parties, flying deep into the bush to train a young man for his bar mitzvah.

Lutherans defend pork roast after animal-rights lobby complains
CEDARBURG, Wis. (AP) Trinity Lutheran Church is defending a pork roast at its 160th anniversary festival after complaints from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the militant animal rights and vegetarian lobby.

Monks celebrate half-century of community in Vermont
WESTON, Vt. (AP) From early childhood, many of the men were drawn to the prayer, rituals, and wisdom of the clergy; some aspired to be priests and to help others.

Ohio prison draws attention for religious programs
MARION, Ohio (AP) A warden credited with halting rampant violence and improving job training at Marion Correctional Institution is facing some criticism over religious programs.

World Lutheran delegates are unable to agree on same-sex marriages
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) A meeting representing Lutheran churches around the world failed to reach consensus on same-sex marriages. A 17-page statement ended up acknowledging ''the diversity within the communion on matters of human sexuality.''

Russia's President Putin joins pilgrimage at restored Orthodox cathedral
DIVEYEVO, Russia (AP) President Vladimir Putin visited the closed city of Sarov, paying homage to one of Russian Orthodoxy's most revered saints, Seraphim.

Recognizing God's gifts can lead to blessing others in return
The other day, a woman I'll call Susan, who has called the Love INC help line in the past, called again. This time Susan wasn't asking for help but wanted to be able to help someone else.

USA teams dominate at Pan Ams
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) American teams showed power and perfection Thursday at the Pan American Games.

Football season set to roll
The prep football season gets under way Saturday with all six Kenai Peninsula teams in action.

Kenai Central volleyball starts Monday
The Kenai Central High School volleyball team will hold their first practice Monday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the high school gym. Athletes must have a current physical and all paperwork completed before they can practice.

Tennis father arrested for drugging son's foes
PARIS Just how far parents might go to help children reach the sporting elite has become shockingly evident in France with the arrest of a man on suspicion he spiked the drinks of his 16-year-old son's tennis rivals with a prescription drug.

International leader scores 10 birdies
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. Davis Love III tied a tournament record with 10 birdies and held the lead in the weather-delayed first round of The International on Thursday.

Patriots defense stifles New York in exhibition
FOXBORO, Mass. Newcomer Rosevelt Colvin set the tone by forcing a fumble on his second play with the New England Patriots and their defense never let up.

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